This lovely cosy apartment of 60 m2 on the ground floor of the building has 2 bedrooms (you have to walk through one bedroom/study to reach the main bedroom), a separate toilet and a basic bathroom and kitchen (with oven, microwave and washing machine). The apartment is perfect for 2 adults. It has a front garden (streetside) with a little ground floor-balcony and a sunny terrace/garden at the back.
There are 2 hospitals and a nice park (Leidse Hout) within 5 minutes walk. The Central Station of Leiden is also nearby (towards Amsterdam, The Haque an Rotterdam for example). The apartment is situated on a street between Leiden en Oegstgeest and there are busstops nearby to bring you to the beaches of Noordwijk and Katwijk or to the centre of Leiden with all kinds of shop's, restaurants, museums and the Saturday market.
There's is so much to see & do in Leiden and the environment!
Leiden is a city and municipality in the Dutch province of South Holland. The municipality of Leiden has a population of about 120,000, but the city forms one densely connected urban area with its suburbs Oegstgeest, Leiderdorp, Voorschoten, Valkenburg, Rijnsburg and Katwijk, which have about 254,000 inhabitants combined. The larger Leiden agglomeration counts 332,000 inhabitants which makes it the sixth major agglomeration in the Netherlands. Leiden is located on the Old Rhine, at a distance of some 20 kilometers from The Hague to its south and some 40 kilometers from Amsterdam to its north. The recreational area of the Kaag Lakes (Kagerplassen) lies just to the northeast of Leiden.
Leiden is a university city since 1575, Leiden houses Leiden University and Leiden University Medical Centre. It is twinned with Oxford, the location of England's oldest university.
(a little)History of Leiden
Leiden formed on an artificial hill (today called the Burcht van Leiden) at the confluence of the rivers Oude and Nieuwe Rijn (Old and New Rhine). In the oldest reference to this, from circa 860, the settlement was called Leithon and received city rights in 1266.
Leiden flourished in the 16th and 17th century. At the close of the 15th century the weaving establishments (mainly broadcloth) of Leiden were very important, and after the expulsion of the Spaniards Leiden cloth, Leiden baize and Leiden camlet were familiar terms. In the same period, Leiden developed an important printing and publishing industry. The influential printer Christoffel Plantijn lived there at one time. One of his pupils was Lodewijk Elzevir (1547–1617), who established the largest bookshop and printing works in Leiden, a business continued by his descendants through 1712 and the name subsequently adopted (in a variant spelling) by contemporary publisher Elsevier.
In 1572, the city sided with the Dutch revolt against Spanish rule and played an important role in the Eighty Years' War. Besieged from May until October 1574 by the Spanish, Leiden was relieved by the cutting of the dikes, thus enabling ships to carry provisions to the inhabitants of the flooded town. As a reward for the heroic defence of the previous year, the University of Leiden was founded by William I of Orange in 1575. Yearly on 3 October, the end of the siege is still celebrated in Leiden.
The city's biggest and most popular annual festival is celebrated at the 3rd of October and is called simply "3 Oktober". The people of Leiden celebrate the end of the Spanish siege of 1574. It typically takes place over the course of two to three days (usually two but three if there's a Sunday involved) and includes parades, a hutspot feast, historical reenactments, a funfair and other events.
Leiden has important functions as a shopping and trade center for communities around the city. The University of Leiden is famous for its many developments including Snells law (by Willebrord Snellius), the famous Leyden jar, a capacitor made from a glass jar, invented in Leiden by Pieter van Musschenbroek in 1746. Another development was in cryogenics: Heike Kamerlingh Onnes (1913 Nobel prize winner in physics) liquefied helium for the first time (1908) and later managed to reach a temperature of less than one degree above the absolute minimum. Albert Einstein also spent some time at Leiden University during his early to middle career.
The city also houses Eurotransplant*, the headquarters of the European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company N.V. (EADS)**.
Rivers, canals and parks
The two branches of the Old Rhine, which enter Leiden on the east, unite in the centre of the town.
The town is further intersected by numerous small canals with tree-bordered quays. On the west side of the town, the Hortus Botanicus and other gardens extend along the old Singel, or outer canal.
The Leidse Hout park, which contains a small deer park, lies on the northwest border with Oegstgeest.
The Van der Werf Park is named after the mayor Pieter Adriaansz. van der Werff, who defended the town against the Spaniards in 1574. The town was beleaguered for months and many died from famine. The open space for the park was formed by the accidental explosion of a ship loaded with gunpowder in 1807, which destroyed hundreds of houses, including that of the Elsevier family of printers.
Buildings of interest
Much of the 16th- and 17th-century town centre is still intact. It is reportedly the second largest 17th-century town centre in the Netherlands, the largest being Amsterdam's town centre.
Hundred buildings in the centre are decorated with large murals of poetry, part of a wall poem project active from (phone number hidden).
Churches, university & other buildings
The chief of Leiden's numerous churches are the Hooglandse Kerk (or the church of St Pancras, built in the 15th century and containing a monument to Pieter Adriaansz. van der Werff) and the Pieterskerk (church of St Peter (1315) with monuments to Scaliger, Boerhaave and other famous scholars.
From a historical perspective the Marekerk is interesting too. Arent van 's Gravesande designed that church in 1639. Other fine examples of his work in Leiden are in the Stedelijk Museum De Lakenhal (the municipal museum of fine arts), and the Bibliotheca Thysiana.
The growing town needed another church and the Marekerk was the first church to be built in Leiden (and in Holland) after the Reformation. It is an example of Dutch Classicism. In the drawings by Van 's Gravesande the pulpit is the centrepiece of the church. The pulpit is modelled after the one in the Nieuwe Kerk at Haarlem (designed by Jacob van Campen). The building was first used in 1650, and is still in use.
The 'Waalse Kerk' (Breestraat 63) was originally part of the Katharina Hospital. In 1584 it became the church of Protestant refugees from the Southern Netherlands (Brugge) and France.
The town centre contains many buildings that are in use by the University of Leiden. The Academy Building is housed in a former 16th-century convent. Among the institutions connected with the university are the national institution for East Indian languages, ethnology and geography; the botanical gardens, founded in 1587; the observatory (1860); the museum of antiquities (Rijksmuseum van Oudheden); and the ethnographical museum, of which P. F. von Siebold's Japanese collections was the nucleus (Rijksmuseum voor Volkenkunde). The Bibliotheca Thysiana occupies an old Renaissance building of the year 1655. It is especially rich in legal works and vernacular chronicles. Noteworthy are also the many special collections at Leiden University Library among which those of the Society of Dutch Literature (1766) and the collection of casts and engravings. In recent years the university has built the Bio Science Park at the city's outskirts to accommodate the Science departments.
Some other interesting buildings are the town hall (Stadhuis), a 16th-century building that was badly damaged by a fire in 1929 but has its Renaissance façade designed by Lieven de Key still standing; the Gemeenlandshuis van Rijnland (1596, restored in 1878); De Waag (weigh house in Dutch), built by Pieter Post; the former court-house (Gerecht); a corn-grinding windmill, now home to a museum (Molen de Valk) (1743); the old gymnasium (Latijnse School) (1599) and the city carpenter's yard and wharf (Stadstimmerwerf) (1612), both built by Lieven de Key (c. 1560–1627).
Another building of interest is the "pesthuis", which was built at that time just outside the city for curing patients suffering the bubonic plague. However, after it was built the feared disease did not occur in the Netherlands anymore so it was never used for its original purpose, it now serves as the entrance of Naturalis, one of the largest natural history museums in the world.
The following is a selection of important Leidenaren throughout history:
• Rembrandt van Rijn, 1606–1669, painter.
• Ludolph van Ceulen, 1540–1610, mathematician, computed Pi.
• Marinus van der Lubbe, 1909–1934, accused of setting fire to the Reichstag in Berlin.
• Herman Boerhaave, 1668–1738, humanist and physician.
• Jan Steen, 1626–1679, painter.
• Gegard Mousasi, 1985–, Professional MMA fighter of Armenian descent.
• Rodney Glunder 1975, professional MMA fighter of Surinamese descent.
• Johann Bachstrom, 1688–1742, writer, scientist and Lutheran theologian.
• Bernhard Siegfried Albinus, 1697–1770, anatomist.
• Aart Vijfvinkel, 1842–1900, World Famous Shoemaker, Prominent member of the 1886 Doleantie reform.
• Love Brewster, (phone number hidden), pilgrim.
• William Brewster, 1567–1644, pilgrim.
• William Bradford, 1590–1657, pilgrim, leader of the American Plymouth Colony in Massachusetts.
• Gerard Dou, 1613–1675, painter.
• Jouke de Vries, 1960, professor at Leiden university, runner-up candidate for the PVDA elections in 2002 (lost to Wouter Bos), currently resides at Leiden.
• Cornelius Engelbrechtszoon, 1468–1533, painter.
• Jan van Goyen, 1596–1656, painter.
• John of Leiden, 1509?–1536, leader of the Anabaptist Münster Rebellion.
• Philipp Franz Bathasar von Siebold, 1796–1866, physician, collector, 'Japanologist'.
• Lucas van Leyden, 1494–1533, engraver and painter.
• Gabriel Metsu, 1629–1667, painter.
• Frans Post, 1612–1680, painter.
• Pieter de Ring, ca 1615–1660, painter
• Theo van Doesburg, 1883–1931, painter, architect, writer.
• Willebrord Snell, 1580–1626, astronomer and mathematician.
• Johannes Diderik van der Waals, 1837–1923, physicist.
• Hendrik Lorentz, 1853–1928, physicist.
• Heike Kamerlingh Onnes, 1853–1926, physicist.
• Pieter Zeeman, 1865–1943, physicist.
• Willem de Sitter, 1872–1934, mathematician, physicist, astronomer.
• Paul Ehrenfest, 1880–1933, physicist.
• Hendrik Casimir, 1909–2000, physicist.
• Jan Hendrik Oort, 1900–1992, astronomer.
• Willem Einthoven, 1860–1927, physician, physiologist.
• Pieter Adriaansz. van der Werff, 1529–1604, mayor of Leiden.
• William II, 1228–1256, count of Holland, later also king of Germany.
• Gottfried van Swieten, 1733–1803, diplomat, friendship and collaboration with several great composers.
• Nina Foch, 1924–2008, actress/ acting teacher.
• Armin van Buuren, 1976, Producer/DJ, DJ Magazine Number 1 DJ 2007-2010 & 2012.
The entire apartment is yours during your stay.
We stayed (a family of 4) for 3 weeks while our house was being renovated. It was very close to everything. The kitchen had all the small details needed for cooking, the living room was cozy and has character. Emma has decorated to make a warm and inviting apartment. For those sightseeing, easy access to the train station and many bus lines. My kids and I walked to the Naturalis Museum and enjoyed the nearby Leidsehout park almost every day. While we only needed assistance once during our stay, Emma was responsive and had the issue sorted out the next day (and even left us flowers)
I wholeheartedly recommend Emma's lovely apartment - we found it every bit as good as it looks in the photos, very comfortable, and well appointed. The pretty terrace/garden at the back was also a bonus. In terms of location, it's very convenient - easy walking distance to Leiden Centraal, and even closer to a park with playground (useful if visiting with children).
Emma is a wonderful host, and went out of her way to supply us with everything we needed, and more. I hope we'll be able to visit again.
Emma is an excellent host! She is so friendly and attentive with the guests. I had a very pleasant stay at Emmas' apartment. It's really cozy and exactly as described. It has excellent location and all you need to enjoy your trip or vacations! Five minutes walk from the Leiden Centraal station. Would highly recommend and I will definitely repeat the stay.
We stayed at Emma's flat for one week, it was perfect. We were warmly welcomed by Emma and well informed about the basics. The parking in front of the flat is free, so that was a great plus for us as we drove to Leiden from London. The flat itself was conveniently located, very clean and everything needed for an easy stay. Emma had even provided a proper cot for our 7 months old daughter, much much better than the travel bed we had.
We also made use of the outdoor terrace which was nice and tidy. We are very happy about our stay and would recommend it to anyone.